Women in Agile
Agile 2014
Diane Zajac-Woodie :: @AgileSquirrel
Doc Norton :: @DocOnDev
Name That Gender
The first step to defeating our hidden biases is to be honest with
ourselves about the blind spots we have. Having a bias ...
Empathy Gap
We underestimate the feelings of others going through
something that we are not or have not gone through.
Familiarity Heuristic
The familiar is favored over novel people, places and things.
Stereotype Threat
When members of a group are made aware of a negative
stereotype, they are more likely to perform accordi...
“I am _________”
(Use Positive, Descriptive Words)
Imposter Syndrome
and Women
Women in the Workplace
Girl, Interrupted
Listener Bias
Our perception that women talk more causes us to overestimate
how much women actually contribute to conversa...
Girl, Ignored
Girl, Ignored
Girl, Diminished
Girl, Overlooked
Girl, Vilified
Girl, Vilified
John is a confident leader whose
command,
conviction,
and great passion
guarantee him success.
Janet is an a...
Girl, Silenced
Are Agile Teams
Different?
Retrospectives
Exercise
Stand Up
Pair Programming
Estimation
Iteration Reviews
Stand Up
Estimation
Pair Programming
Iteration Reviews
a.k.a. Product Demos
What can you do?
Stop Interrupting Women
(or anyone for that matter)
Seek Different
Perspectives
Ask Her
Practice Gender Flipping
Would you say that to a dude?
Stop Reminding Women
That They are Women
Use Gender Neutral
Language
Where appropriate
Use Gender Neutral
Language
HE
HIM
HIS
SHE
HER
HERS
THEY
THEM
THEIR(S)
The first step to defeating our hidden biases is to be honest with
ourselves about the blind spots we have. Having a bias ...
Women in Agile
Thank You!
Diane Zajac-Woodie :: @AgileSquirrel
Doc Norton :: @DocOnDev
References/Credits
• http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/Outsmarting-
our-brains/$FILE/EY-RBC-Overcoming-hidden-biais...
Images
• http://www.mashpedia.com/Mahzarin_Banaji
!
• http://www.parenting.com/article/real-difference-between-
boys-and-g...
Women in Agile - Agile 2014
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Women in Agile - Agile 2014
Women in Agile - Agile 2014
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Women in Agile - Agile 2014
Women in Agile - Agile 2014
Women in Agile - Agile 2014
Women in Agile - Agile 2014
Women in Agile - Agile 2014
Women in Agile - Agile 2014
Women in Agile - Agile 2014
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Slides from the Agile 2014 session in Orlando, titled "Women in Agile: Creating Teams That Embrace Diversity," presented by Diane Zajac-Woodie and Michael "Doc" Norton.

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Women in Agile - Agile 2014

  1. 1. Women in Agile Agile 2014 Diane Zajac-Woodie :: @AgileSquirrel Doc Norton :: @DocOnDev
  2. 2. Name That Gender
  3. 3. The first step to defeating our hidden biases is to be honest with ourselves about the blind spots we have. Having a bias is only human. Dr. Mahzarin Banaji
  4. 4. Empathy Gap We underestimate the feelings of others going through something that we are not or have not gone through.
  5. 5. Familiarity Heuristic The familiar is favored over novel people, places and things.
  6. 6. Stereotype Threat When members of a group are made aware of a negative stereotype, they are more likely to perform according to that stereotype.
  7. 7. “I am _________” (Use Positive, Descriptive Words)
  8. 8. Imposter Syndrome and Women
  9. 9. Women in the Workplace
  10. 10. Girl, Interrupted
  11. 11. Listener Bias Our perception that women talk more causes us to overestimate how much women actually contribute to conversations.
  12. 12. Girl, Ignored
  13. 13. Girl, Ignored
  14. 14. Girl, Diminished
  15. 15. Girl, Overlooked
  16. 16. Girl, Vilified
  17. 17. Girl, Vilified John is a confident leader whose command, conviction, and great passion guarantee him success. Janet is an arrogant leader whose domineering behavior, stubbornness, and frequent emotional outbursts keep her from success.
  18. 18. Girl, Silenced
  19. 19. Are Agile Teams Different?
  20. 20. Retrospectives
  21. 21. Exercise Stand Up Pair Programming Estimation Iteration Reviews
  22. 22. Stand Up
  23. 23. Estimation
  24. 24. Pair Programming
  25. 25. Iteration Reviews a.k.a. Product Demos
  26. 26. What can you do?
  27. 27. Stop Interrupting Women (or anyone for that matter)
  28. 28. Seek Different Perspectives Ask Her
  29. 29. Practice Gender Flipping Would you say that to a dude?
  30. 30. Stop Reminding Women That They are Women
  31. 31. Use Gender Neutral Language Where appropriate
  32. 32. Use Gender Neutral Language HE HIM HIS SHE HER HERS THEY THEM THEIR(S)
  33. 33. The first step to defeating our hidden biases is to be honest with ourselves about the blind spots we have. Having a bias is only human. Dr. Mahzarin Banaji The only shame is in making no effort to improve.
  34. 34. Women in Agile Thank You! Diane Zajac-Woodie :: @AgileSquirrel Doc Norton :: @DocOnDev
  35. 35. References/Credits • http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/Outsmarting- our-brains/$FILE/EY-RBC-Overcoming-hidden-biaises-to- harness-diversity.pdf ! • http://dora.wikia.com/wiki/Dora_Marquez ! • http://bitchmagazine.org/post/adventures-in-feministory- what-women-can-be-on-sesame-street ! • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empathy_gap ! • http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/01/showbiz/tv/tv-kids-self- esteem ! • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Familiarity_heuristic ! • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg http://leanin.org/ ! ! • http://www.academia.edu/806308/ The_role_of_stereotype_threats_in_undermining_girls_and_ womens_performance_and_interest_in_STEM_fields ! • http://www.ncwit.org/sites/default/files/resources/ impactgenderdiversitytechbusinessperformance_print.pdf ! • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/soraya-chemaly/10-words- every-girl-should-learn_b_5544203.html ! • http://www.rolereboot.org/life/details/2014-07-5-simple- ways-men-can-better-respect-women/ ! • http://junkee.com/flip-it-and-reverse-it-how-to-fight-the- gender-wars/15081
  36. 36. Images • http://www.mashpedia.com/Mahzarin_Banaji ! • http://www.parenting.com/article/real-difference-between- boys-and-girls ! • http://www.gamezplay.org/2011/10/kinect-sesame-street-tv- fact-sheet.html#more ! • http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/images/BN- CL822_justic_G_20140421184947.jpg ! • http://poshnicki.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/my-trip-to- the-toy-aisle-girls1.jpg?w=300&h=168 ! • http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/ jcpenney-promotes-im-too-pretty-to-do-homework-shirt/ 2011/08/31/gIQAxFD4rJ_blog.html • http://www.vt.edu/spotlight/impact/2009-05-18-skelton/ M_photo5.jpg ! • http://sorayachemaly.tumblr.com/post/84061311965 ! • http://blogs.versionone.com/agile_management/wp-content/ uploads/sites/3/2013/04/Daily-Standup-Landing-page21.jpg ! • http://www.jeffgothelf.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/ 2011/11/photo-43.jpg ! • http://www.bicyclecards.com/images/uploads/news/Dogs- Playing-Poker-Game.jpg ! • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development ! • https://www.flickr.com/photos/improveit/1986907257/

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